Malaysia Christians to Preserve Five Thousand Bibles ‘Defaced’ Defaced by Authorities

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KUALA LUMPUR (AP).- Five thousand Bibles that were defaced by authorities will be preserved as “museum pieces” at Malaysian churches, a reminder of problems encountered by Christians in this Muslim-majority country, officials said Thursday. The announcement is the latest twist in a dispute between Christians and the government over tens of thousands of imported Bibles seized by Malaysian customs authorities, some since early 2009. The books violate a government ban on non-Muslim texts that use the word “Allah” as a translation for God. After Christian leaders voiced anger over the detention of the Bibles, the government agreed earlier this month to release them, but stamped many with serial numbers and government seals that stated they were meant “for Christians only.” Authorities say the use of “Allah” in Christian literature could confuse Muslims